Cristian Roldan tweets that he’s leaving UW for MLS

Cristian Roldan tweets that he’s leaving UW for MLS


Christian Roldan has just tweeted that he’s leaving the University of Washington soccer program to make himself available to MLS (Major League Soccer.) He has reportedly signed with the league via Generation adidas.

Men's Soccer Furman @ Washington

While Roldan may not be the biggest player on the field most of the time he uses his physical skills to help him even be a threat in the air.  He has the ability to get around defenders or even out jump them thanks to his athletic ability which just adds another threat to his game.  He even managed to get on the end of some crosses for goals during the part two NCAA seasons. —Dave Rowaan

The speculation had been that Roldan would leave, but it is now official.

MLS courted Roldan a year ago after a strong (5 goals, 7 assists) season that saw him help the Huskies to the NCAA quarterfinals—the best showing in program history. He was also named Soccer America’s Freshman of the Year and earned a call-up to Tab Ramos’ U.S. U-20 national team. —American Soccer Now

Cristian Roldan was the Soccer America and Pac-12 freshman of the year whose seven goals and five assists helped lead the University of Washington to the NCAA quarterfinals. He had recently gotten called up to a camp with the under-20 United States national team. But when MLS came calling with a Generation Adidas contract last January, he hesitated. “Last year, I wasn’t ready,” Roldan said. In the wake of his strong performance for the Portland Timbers U-23 squad against the MLS Homegrown team alongside Huskies teammates James Moberg and Andy Thoma, that may be changing. “I do believe that I can now play on that (MLS Homegrown) side,” he said. “I’m confident enough.” —Seattle Times, August 5, 2014.


2 thoughts on “Cristian Roldan tweets that he’s leaving UW for MLS

  1. great decision!!! you can always go back and finish school if it doesn’t work out… but i have a feeling that won’t be happening!! 🙂

  2. I would just like to say… that I talked about Richey’s class long ago on this site and I TOLD YOU SO….

    The opening match of the 2015 adidas MLS Player Combine was a battle of two hot goalkeepers, with Washington’s Spencer Richey and Xavier’s Eric Osswald both showing well on Friday afternoon as Team Predator and Team Nitro Charge played to a scoreless draw.

    Richey was particularly strong, making eight saves – several of them in spectacular fashion – to keep Nitro Charge off the board. His best stop came late in the first half when he stoned North Carolina midfielder/forward Rob Lovejoy twice on a clear breakaway.

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